Minamata Disease

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This report will be informing you on the incident that occurred from Chisso ltd. dumping methyl mercury into the Minamata Bay causing a disease called the minamta disease. You will be learning where it occurred, and is there a treatment for the disease. Other information that is introduced is what are some of the many symptoms of the disease and what is the minamata disease is.

What are the symptoms have having this disease? The many symptoms of the disease are numbness of the limbs and the area around the mouth. People who have the disease had difficulty with everyday movements, and also there occurred a lack or coordination weakness, and tremor, slowed and slurred speech, and altered hearing and vision. The symptoms worsened over time and led to general paralysis, involuntary movements difficulty in swallowing, brain damage and death.

All in all it would be pleasant for someone to have te disease because you lose your life from not being able to do many everyday movements or thinking you'd usually do.

What is the minamata disease? The minamata disease is a form of methyl mercury poisoning. It was caused when a industrial building called Chisso dumped a ton of methyl mercury into a bay close by, called Minmata Bay. The disease was caused when the in taker ate contaminated fish with mercury poison. The disease is not contagious or inherited.

The disease which occurred was a very deadly thing and could've been prevented if some people had taken more responsibility.

Where does it come from? Minamata comes from eating large quantities of fish and shellfish, which are polluted by methyl mercury, from factory waste. The mercury was released from industrial factories dumping their waste into waterways.

The industrial buildings should be more careful where they dump their waste, so it's not harming the environment and humans.

Is there a treatment? There are no specific effective treatments for the disease. Drugs are usually mixed with ringer solution or 5% glucose solution and administered via intravenous infusion in the early stage of the disease.

Since there is no major treatment for the disease many people had to suffer the horrible symptoms. There was something that could prevent it from getting worse at a early stage but if people put it off then there would be nothing to stop it in a later stage.

Where it occurred? Minamata disease occurred in Minamata Bay which is in Japan. The disease became big in the 1950s to the 1960s. It occurred in areas where eroding mercury, bearing rock or agricultural and industrial wastes containing the metal escape or are discharged into waterways. It also occurred close to the industrial buildings which dumped the mercury into water contaminating fish.

Industrial buildings shouldn't be placed on waterways, because it will tempt people to dump things into the water and damage the water that we have to drink and get our food from.

The mercury poisoning which was dumped into the Minamata Bay from Chisso Ltd. and industrial building close to the bay, caused a very deadly disease. Chisso could've veered this problem by not dumping their chemical waste into the bay. Minamata disease caused hundreds of people to die from eating contaminated fish, with mercury poisoning. There were some very serious symptoms that caused people their lives. Buildings close to waterways should take recognition on where they put their toxic waste.